Get Ready for the Real World of Criminal

Classroom lectures alone won’t prepare you for the challenges you will face if you pursue a career in criminal justice. Fortunately for you, the Department of Justice Studies has several opportunities that will get you ready for the real world.

Learn Defensive Tactics
The role of defensive tactics is to assist you as a law enforcement officer in protecting yourself and others when you confront a criminal suspect. The Department of Justice Studies offers several opportunities to learn more about defensive tactics, ranging from courses to a student organization that meets on a weekly basis. Gaining experience with these techniques will make you a more efficient law enforcement officer keeping the streets safe. <Contact Mr. Kenton Russell krrussell@fhsu.edu> for more information about your current options.

Gain a World Perspective
In our global society, it is important to develop an understanding of other cultures and their ideas about justice. At FHSU, the Department of Justice Studies coordinates trips to other countries through EF Tours to give students like you a unique look at other cultures. In the past, students have visited places like Italy and Costa Rica, learned about how other countries punish criminals, and toured local prisons.

Deepen Your Understand of Criminal Justice Issues
Before graduation, every Justice Studies major must pass the Advanced Seminar in Justice Studies. Under the guidance of a faculty member, you and your fellow students will research and debate current issues in criminal justice. While it is important to understand your own opinions about important issues, in this class, you will learn to see more than one side of an issue.

Earn First-Hand Experience through an Internship
Many Justice Studies students want to gain experience in a real legal or law enforcement setting. Seeing justice in action gives you valuable insight into your future career and your responsibility as a citizen. While many students have an idea of where they would like to complete an internship, the Justice Studies faculty can help you find an internship site that fits your interests. Recently, students have completed internships with the following organizations:

  • Hays Police Department
  • Kansas City FBI Field Office
  • State of Kansas Community Corrections
  • Dodge City Community College Criminal Justice Program